The Tenant Advocacy Project (TAP) is a Student Practice Organization providing legal advice and/or representation to low-income clients in order to preserve and increase access to affordable housing, with a focus on administrative hearings related to public or subsidized housing. TAP also engages in policy advocacy and community outreach efforts related to housing justice work. The Clinical Instructor is ultimately responsible for all of TAP's work and closely supervises the legal work of the students, while at the same time ensuring high quality representation for clients.
As a Clinical Instructor, you will:
Meet regularly with students to provide detailed supervision in all representation as well as advice cases.
Prepare students for administrative hearings including case strategy, written submissions, opening and closing statements and direct and cross-examination. Attend hearings and provide detailed feedback.
Conduct trainings on relevant substantive law as well as skill-building exercises.
Be responsible for all aspects of managing the TAP law office, including systems for conflict checking, maintaining case records and overall administration.
Work with the Student Board to provide training, support and mentoring for students in leadership positions and to encourage student involvement in all aspects of the organization.
Build and maintain relationships with other organizations working on housing issues.
Be knowledgeable on current Massachusetts housing law, especially as it relates to TAP's area of work, and on the relevant regulations and policies of the housing authorities where TAP practices.
This benefits eligible part time position (22.75 hrs/wk) will have a 3 or 4 day work week to be determined when candidate is hired. The position is for an initial three-year appointment, with the potential for renewal subject to department needs and funding availability.
All offers to be made by HLS Human Resources.
Be a part of excellence and leadership in legal education and scholarship at Harvard Law School. We are a community of talented people from diverse backgrounds, lived experiences, and perspectives, dedicated to advancing the cause of justice all over the world. We value our differences and our diversity as a source of strength. We are committed to developing and inspiring our students and our workforce. Whoever you are, whatever you do, however you do it, Harvard Law School is a place where you can thrive.
Salary Grade: 058
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Candidates must have earned a J.D. at least 3 years ago, have at least 3 years of relevant experience, and be admitted to the Massachusetts bar or eligible for temporary admission pursuant to Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:04.
We are looking for people who have:
A demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment
A commitment to public interest lawyering and clinical teaching
Experience in providing services to low-income clients, with a preference for housing cases
Successful mentoring and student supervision experience or the demonstrated potential for such supervision
The ability to work sensitively with a diverse population of clients, students and staff
Ability to speak Spanish is a plus
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 54189BR
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